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Trinseo completes acquisition of PMMA business from Arkema

May 17/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, announced the closing of the previously announced transaction to acquire Arkemas polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) business, said the company.

PMMA is a transparent and rigid resin with a wide range of end uses that augments Trinseos existing offerings across several end markets including automotive, building and construction, medical and consumer electronics.

This acquisition serves as a catalyst for helping Trinseo transform into a higher margin, less cyclical solutions provider. The transformative nature of the transaction will accelerate investments in growth opportunities for Trinseos Engineered Materials business globally; the transaction is also expected to generate approximately USD50 million of annual synergies. Additionally, the PMMA business is a strategic fit in that, in combination with Trinseos existing portfolio, it enhances Trinseos ability to provide solutions to customers in profitable markets. With future investments, there will be the opportunity to leverage Trinseos global presence to provide solutions to its existing customers in Asia Pacific where Trinseo has a significant presence.

"Today is a special day. I am thrilled to welcome our new colleagues and customers to the Trinseo family, as we embark on this transformation journey together, said Frank Bozich, Trinseo President and Chief Executive Officer. This journey will bring us closer to our customers; create a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly footprint; and shorten the cycles of innovation that accelerate the process of bringing new, industry-leading solutions to market."

As per MRC, Trinseo reported a first-quarter net income, up from a loss reported during the same time in 2020 because sales rose faster than costs. The following shows the company's Q1 performance. Figures are in millions of dollars. Trinseo attributed the rise in revenue to higher volumes in all of its segments except for Feedstocks. Prices also rose, mostly because of Trinseo passing through higher costs for raw materials.

It was reported before, Trinseo will build a full commercial scale polystyrene (PS) recycling plant in Tessenderlo, Belgium that is expected to be operation in 2023. The company will use depolymerisation which breaks down polymers into their precursors to chemically recycle the material. The recycled PS will have identical properties with virgin PS.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, in Russia, Nizhnekamskneftekhim's PS prices remained unchanged in May. Prices of Nizhnekamskneftekhim's GPPS were in the range of roubles (Rb) 192,000-203,000/tonne, CPT Moscow, including VAT, whereas HIPS prices were at Rb196,000-207,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT. At the same time, May prices of Penoplex's material fell by Rb15,000/tonne to Rb204,000-206,000/tonne CPT Moscow, including VAT.

Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber. Trinseo's technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in 1Q 2015. Trinseo had approximately USD3.0 billion in net sales in 2020, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,600 employees.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PK, PC granules, PC compounds, Trinseo (Styron).
Category:General News
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